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Chicken Noodle Soup

I swear, my husband is the best ever when I’m not feeling well. I called him from work to tell him that I was going home early because I had a nasty cold. He told me to pick up chicken, soup veggies, noodles and chicken stock on my way home so he could make homemade chicken noodle soup. It was AWESOME. He makes this stuff from scratch, with no recipe, and is very methodical about it – it takes him hours…and it really does have healing powers!

Chicken Noodle Soup

I asked him if he could write this latest chicken noodle soup recipe, and this is what he came up with:

Chicken Noodle Soup
Dino Covelli

Notes: I try to avoid cooking with MSG, especially when someone is sick. That means I don’t use bullion. Creating a flavorful soup without bullion takes a bit of practice. I gave a list of herbs that I sometimes use, as well as some prefab seasoning mixes that you may already have in your pantry. Using stock instead of water, cooking with the chicken bones in, and including a mirepoix really help develop the familiar chicken soup flavors you’re used to.

2 Bone-In Chicken Breasts, or 2 Legs and Thighs
2 Large Carrots, Halved
2 Stalks Celery, Halved
1 Large Onion, Halved
1 Turnip
1 Parsnip
2 32 oz Boxes of Low Sodium Chicken Broth
6 oz Egg Noodles (dumpling style)
1 Handful Sliced Shiitake Mushrooms
Various Dried & Fresh Herbs or Seasoning Mixes

Some suggestions for herbs to add: salt, parsley, sage, thyme, marjoram, savory, coriander, white or black pepper, bay leaf, dill.

Or, some prefab spice blend suggestions: Mrs. Dash Original Blend, McCormick Poultry Seasoning, Morton Nature’s Seasons Seasoning Blend, Sylvia’s Soulful Seasoned Salt.

1. Put the chicken and halved veggies in a large soup pot and cover with the stock. Heat and simmer, uncovered, until the chicken meat falls off of the bones, skimming off the foam every so often.

2. Take everything out of the pot. Strain the broth. Pick the meat off of the bones and chop the veggies.

3. Season the broth to taste.

4. Bring the broth back up to a boil and drop in the egg noodles. They should cook quickly.

5. Return the chicken and chopped veggies the pot, adding the mushrooms.

6. Stir together, and serve.

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


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